Spring Practice -- Day 13 -- A Buffalo in the House

April 26, 2010

Corvallis, Ore. -

The final week of spring football practice started with the team moving back indoors as rain showers occurred throughout the late morning and afternoon in Corvallis. 


The NCAA mandates that three spring practices are in shells, or in other words not in full gear.  Monday was the last one for Mike Riley's crew as the team will be back in full pads Wednesday and of course for Saturday's Spring Game at Reser Stadium at 12:15 p.m.


Colorado Buffaloes' head coach Dan Hawkins was in town Monday, making a visit to the OSU campus to check out the Beavers' regimen of practices, meetings and other aspects of the program.  Hawkins had a chance to chat with some of the media in town to cover practice and several of the players, including James Rodgers.  It's typical to see a coach or coaching staff from another school visit every spring.  Riley and the Beavers' staff don't get a chance to visit college programs in the spring, as OSU is one of the last to conclude drills, but the staff will make a visit or two to NFL mini-camps across the country.


'We've kind of become friends through the years,' Riley said of Hawkins' visit.  'He's using this for a research thing; I think it's more philosophical approach to how we do things that visiting coaches look at, more than procedural.'


With practice in shells, no hitting to speak of.  The defense had a great day with nine interceptions, including an impressive pick by linebacker Zane Norris near the end of drills. 


The final practice of the week is Mars Rover day Wednesday.  OSU's Robotics Club, led by the Dean of Engineering Ron Adams, has aspirations of breaking the record of 32 individuals being driven over by the six-wheeled vehicle.  While the Rover weighs approximately 95 pounds - 'when it drives over you it feels like five pounds,' Robotics Club president Ryan Albright said.  The festivities begin immediately after practice at about 5 p.m.


The media contingent today included Paul Buker from The Oregonian, Cliff Kirkpatrick from the Gazette-Times, the Daily Barometer, BeaverFootball.com and BeaverBlitz.com. 


We invite you to watch today's post-practice interview with Riley on Beaver Nation Online, the official audio/video source of Beaver Athletics.  Beaver Nation Online paid subscribers can view OSU's 'Classic' games online it their entirety on BNO.


Did You Know? The NCAA has licensed 35 bowl games through January 2014.  Two new additions this year, the Pinstripe Bowl in New York City and the Dallas Football Classic in Texas.  The NCAA declined to license the Cure Bowl in Orlando and the Christmas Bowl in Los Angeles; the International Bowl in Toronto folded earlier this year.  The NCAA is working on a contingency plan to fill all the bowl games if at the end of the season there is not 70 bowl eligible teams. 


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